Monday, August 31, 2009
We first took our pair of pants and cut up one leg into as long a rectangle as possible.
We did this on both sides of one leg so that we had two long rectangles. Then we sewed the ends of the two rectangles together to make one long piece of fabric.
Then using a complementary fabric, we lined the pant leg fabric.
This is when the scarf decided it wanted to be different from the original. Instead of leaving the ends square, we thought it would look better with pointed ends. We added a few embelishments (not sure why the flower looks crooked in the picture...) and top-stitched around the now finished scarf!
It may not look anything like the original, but we're happy with how it turned out. It just goes to show that you may want your project to turn out one way, but when it turns out differently it can still be great!
Saturday, August 29, 2009
We are happy to announce that we have completed the Challenge! As we've mentioned before, this means that we are now in the running for the grand prize of a Dell Latitude 2100 Netbook or one of 100 Lego Creator Mini Sets! But prizes aside, we had a great experience with this. It gave us great ideas for educational and fun things to do with the kids. We showed you a few projects that we enjoyed in an earlier post, but here are just a few more:
Plastic Cup Monster (or in this case, a "zombie")
Homemade Lava Lamp
Stained Glass Crayons
Even if you don't have enough time to finish the required 20 projects before the August 31st deadline, you should still check it out. There are countless activities for all ages. And having fun things to do with your kids is better than any prize you could win.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
First, cut your fabric into a circle about the size of a quarter (or just use the guide that comes with the kit). Then detach the little metal loops off of the backs of the buttons using your pliers or scissors. Following the instructions that come with your button kit, cover a button with the fabric, then put a dab of hot glue on the back and attach the thumb tack.
Ta-da! You now have a fabric-covered thumb tack!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
We got an inexpensive bulletin board and took off the frame. We then found two fabrics: a brown one to cover the board in and a multi-colored one to make a coordinating pocket. We sewed a simple pocket on the brown fabric, being careful to keep in mind where the frame would be once we finished. We then wrapped the brown fabric around the bulletin board, pulling it tight and securing it with hot glue. Next we sanded, primed, and painted the frame. Once that was dry, we reattached it using a staple gun. Super-easy and really quick! And we love the way it turned out!
But what about those adorable matching fabric-covered thumb tacks?? Stay tuned!!
Saturday, August 22, 2009
The basic recipe:
- 3 cups of oats
- 2 large or 3 small ripe bananas
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
Mash bananas in a large mixing bowl. Measure the oats into your blender. Pulse for a few seconds until they are mostly ground, but still some large pieces. Add oats, cinnamon and 1/4 c. of water to the bananas. Mix, and if you need to, add the other 1/4 c. of water so that you can mix all the ingredients. The dough should be thick. Your spoon should just about stand up in it. The ripe bananas make the cookies sweet, but if they are not ripe enough, you can add a tablespoon of brown sugar or honey.
Now you can get creative and add your own favorite treats to the cookies.
We like to add:
- dried fruit (apricot or dried cranberries are our favorite!)
- sunflower seeds
- mini chocolate chips
Preheat your oven now to 350 degrees and let the dough sit for 20 minutes so the oats can absorb the water. We like to prepare our cookie sheet with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray. Spoon the cookie dough onto the cookie sheet and press down with the back of your spoon until they are about a half an inch thick. They can be any size you would like. Smaller ones are great for treats and larger ones make great breakfast bars. They don't rise, so you can put them very close together on the cookie sheet. Cook the cookies for 20 minutes.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Here are some of our ideas, please share your recycled gift wrap ideas with us.
- children's art work
- junk mail
- mailing labels
- decorate brown paper bags
- cut up pretty shopping bags or use them as gift bags
- sheet music
- used gift wrap (our grandma could open a package without a single tear)
- reuse gift bags
Make your wrapping part of your gift. Cloth shopping bags, baby blankets, bath and kitchen towel, colanders, laundry baskets, flowerpots, mugs, table cloths all make great "wrapping paper and gift baskets".
Don't forget your trimmings. Forget plastic ribbons. Get creative! Make paper ribbons, cloth ribbons, twine or other ties that can be reused. Tie on pretty flowers, leaves, bottle tops, cinnamon sticks, candy canes, pretty stamps from your mail.
We hope you will take up this challenge with us. We can't wait to hear your great earth friendly gift wrap ideas - send pictures too!
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Simply mix equal parts white vinegar with olive oil (we like to use light oil) in a small spray bottle. Shake well before using. Spray a small amount on furniture and wipe with a clean dry towel. A little goes a long way!
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Since we are new to the blogging world, this means a lot to us! Thank you again ladies! We think you both are pretty fabulous, too!!
Monday, August 10, 2009
What made this so easy and fun for everyone was that she recommended using store-bought pie crust and pie filling. Of course, we chose cherry! But because this is so versitile, we're also toying with the idea of making a spinach and feta filling for a savory twist. We can't wait to make these again!
Friday, August 7, 2009
What you need:
- small pieces of card stock (we used index cards, but thought that reusing a cereal or other box would be a great way to recycle!)
- Fabric scraps
- Glue (the original tutorial calls for rubber cement, but our fabric wouldn't stick, so we used regular school glue)
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
The only changes we made were that we used our own stencils, as well as made our bags a little smaller.